[kahr-puh-fawr, -fohr]
noun Botany.
a slender prolongation of the floral axis, bearing the carpels of some compound fruits, as in many plants of the parsley family.
Mycology. the fruiting body of the higher fungi.

1865–70; carpo-1 + -phore Unabridged
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carpophore (ˈkɑːpəˌfɔː)
1.  the central column surrounded by carpels in such flowers as the geranium
2.  a spore-bearing structure in some of the higher fungi

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carpophore   (kär'pə-fôr')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A fleshy, spore-producing body of basidiomycetes and ascomycetes. In common usage, the term mushroom is applied to carpophores that have a distinctive stipe and cap.

  2. A slender stalk that supports each half of a dehisced fruit in many members of the parsley family.

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